CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston Police Department captain remains on paid administrative leave as police and prosecutors continue to investigate allegations of sexual harassment.
Capt. M.L. White is accused of harassing a woman and illegally checking license plate numbers of those associated with her, sources with knowledge of the investigation have told the Gazette.
"I don't like it," Police Chief Brent Webster said of White being on paid administrative leave. "But when you're talking about doing a thorough investigation and then protecting the agency, the officer and the public. That's what I have to look at."
The department has two separate investigations - one criminal and one internal - looking into White's actions. The criminal investigation is independent of and parallel to the internal investigation, Webster has said.
Asked about the investigation, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants said his office was still receiving information from police.
Plants said his office will likely meet with witnesses before making a decision.
"That takes a little more time," he said. "We want to make sure there's an independent investigation done. ... Just like all investigations, I'm going to review everything promptly - I mean weeks, not months."
Webster acknowledged that he has an interest in knowing whether the prosecutor's office plans to file charges against White. The more information he has before making his own decision on White's status with the department, the better, he said.